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Tanya Denckla Denckla Cobb

Lecturer
Director, Institute for Engagement & Negotiation
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Institute for Environmental Negotiation
Office location and address
PO Box 40179 (please do not use street address below -this building is now being torn down!)
2015 IVY RD
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901
Education
B.A., Government, Smith College
Biography

As an environmental public policy mediator, my work extends across a broad range of issues that are important for creating resilient communities and a healthy environment in the context of social equity. My expertise is designing and facilitating community-based research, innovative and robust community engagement, collaborative problem solving, consensus building, and strategic planning. In recent years a primary focus has been initiating and leading projects that will advance both Virginia’s coastal resilience and sustainable food systems. My portfolio is rounded by work on climate adaptation, environmental justice,  organizational strategic planning, and an initiative to develop guidance to help communities and institutions address deep conflict surrounding race, memorials, and public spaces.

In recent years my teaching has taken the form of designing and conducting training for professionals, ranging from planners and landscape architects to regulators, cultural and natural resources managers, historic preservationists, and transportation specialists. My trainings provide both theory and hands-on practice in interest-based approaches to negotiation and conflict management, community engagement, process design, facilitation, as well as building self-awareness about styles of conflict management to enhance personal effectiveness. In past years at the School, I have taught Food Systems Planning, Group Facilitation, and Conflict Management and Negotiation Skills. I co-founded and serve as teaching faculty for the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute.

Argonne: Effective American Indian Communication and Tribal Consultation Course
Source: UChicago Argonne, LLC
May 03, 2021 – April 28, 2022
VEE-Advancing Environmental Justice and Equity in Virginia¿s Natural Resources
Source: Virginia Environmental Endowment
November 01, 2020 – December 01, 2021
VNRLI-2020 Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
September 23, 2020 – October 01, 2021
DEQ Coastal Zone Management Program
Source: College Of William & Mary
October 01, 2020 – September 30, 2021
VEE 2-Parts: The Future of Collaboration in Virginia and The RAFT (Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool) in the Northern Neck
Source: Virginia Environmental Endowment
March 01, 2020 – June 30, 2021
MD-DNR (2021) Adaptation Framework 2030: Resilience Strategies for the Next Decade
Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
January 10, 2021 – June 30, 2021
MD-DNR Adaptation Framework 2030: Resilience Strategies for the Next Decade
Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
May 22, 2020 – January 15, 2021
Argonne Tribal Consultation 2020
Source: UChicago Argonne, LLC
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Lower Chickahominy Watershed Project
Source: Richmond Regional Planning District Commission
November 01, 2019 – December 31, 2020
The RAFT: Building Climate Resilience in Virginia¿s Northern Neck through Community Driven Planning and Action
Source: Jessie Ball Dupont Fund
July 01, 2019 – December 31, 2020
Refining The RAFT for Broader Implementation
Source: College Of William & Mary
October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2020
UVA-KW CADR
Source: Kearns & West, Inc
January 20, 2020 – September 19, 2020
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute - YR03
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
August 02, 2019 – August 01, 2020
Argonne Tribal Consultation
Source: UChicago Argonne, LLC
September 01, 2018 – January 31, 2020
The RAFT (Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool): Building Regional Capacity for Coastal Resilience
Source: Windward Fund
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2019
Lower Chickahominy-Cumulative and Secondary Impacts: Leveraging Economic Benefits of the Natural Resources of the Lower Chickahominy River
Source: Virginia Department Of Environmental Quality
October 01, 2018 – December 31, 2019
VEE-RAFT Regional Expansion
Source: Virginia Environmental Endowment
November 01, 2018 – October 31, 2019
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute - YR02
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
August 02, 2018 – August 01, 2019
Reviewing Model Ecosystem Restoration and Conservation Collaboratives to Inform Chesapeake Bay Restoration and Protection Investments
Source: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
November 01, 2018 – July 31, 2019
Coastal Zone Management Program
Source: Virginia Department Of Environmental Quality
October 01, 2017 – March 31, 2019
Richmond Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Implementation
Source: City of Richmond
July 01, 2017 – December 30, 2018
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
August 25, 2017 – August 01, 2018
Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Source: Secretary of Natural Resources
November 01, 2017 – July 31, 2018
AR-IEN-Catalyzing and Assisting Local Governments to Take Action To Improve Resilience (VA)
Source: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
October 01, 2016 – April 30, 2018
AR- EN- -VEE Expanding Access in Virginia to Collaboration and Collective Impact Design and Facilitation
Source: Virginia Environmental Endowment
November 01, 2016 – October 31, 2017
AR-Getting Nutrient Management Plans Off the Shelf: Expanding Farmer Participation on the NMP Process (VA)
Source: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
May 02, 2016 – July 17, 2017
Urban & Community Forestry Assistance Grants
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
June 21, 2016 – June 30, 2017
AR-IEN Interest-Based Negotiation and Facilitation Training
Source: U.S. DOC - Noaa - National Marine Fisheries Ser.
August 15, 2016 – December 31, 2016
AR-IEN Interest-Based Negotiation and Facilitation Training
Source: U.S. DOC - Noaa - National Marine Fisheries Ser.
August 15, 2016 – December 31, 2016
AR-IEN Interest-Based Negotiation and Facilitation Training
Source: U.S. DOC - Noaa - National Marine Fisheries Ser.
August 15, 2016 – December 31, 2016
CLOSED_AR-IEN Interest-Based Negotiation and Facilitation Training
Source: U.S. DOC - Noaa - National Marine Fisheries Ser.
August 15, 2016 – August 15, 2016
CLOSED_AR-IEN Interest-Based Negotiation and Facilitation Training
Source: U.S. DOC - Noaa - National Marine Fisheries Ser.
August 15, 2016 – August 15, 2016
AR-IEN VNRL Institute
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
September 10, 2015 – July 15, 2016
AR-IEN Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
Source: Virginia Department Of Forestry
July 10, 2013 – June 15, 2014
Developing and Nurturing Professional Leadership Networks for Urban Forestry Practitioners
Source: U.S. Department Of Agriculture
October 01, 2009 – December 31, 2013
Virginia Food Heritage Project
Source: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
June 08, 2012 – July 31, 2013
AR-IEN Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute - Cultural Orientation and Enrichment for Natural Resource Leaders
Source: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
February 13, 2013 – May 31, 2013
NCAR 117: Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute
Focuses on providing skills and abilities to effectively manage, conserve, and protect Virginia's natural resources. Consists of six three-day sessions utilizing a mix of mini-lectures, experiential role-plays and exercises, stakeholder panel discussions about specific environmental 'hot' topics, and field trips.
PLAN 3500: Special Topics in Planning
Credits: 1–3
Topical offerings in planning.
PLAN 5500: Special Topics in Planning
Credits: 1–4
Varies annually to meet the needs of graduate students.
PLAN 5993: Applied Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Individual study directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Planning faculty approval of topic.
PLAC 5993: Applied Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Applied independent study.

Windward Climate Resilience Fund Grant, $110K, for the RAFT (2018).

Department of Environmental Quality 309 Grant, $50K, for the RAFT (2017).

Virginia Environmental Endowment Grant, $20K, for the RAFT (2017).

Kellogg Foundation, $399K, for Transforming Community Spaces (2017).

Women in History award, Daughters of the American Revolution, Shadwell, VA (2016).

Reclaiming Our Food: named by Booklist “One of top 10 books on the environment in 2012."

Reclaiming Our Food: selected as a “common reader” by Southern Illinois University in 2012.

Reclaiming Our Food: Nautilus Gold Green Living Award, for books that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, positive social change, stimulate the imagination, and offer new possibilities for a better life and a better world (2012).

Merit Award, Virginia Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, for excellence in training Virginia’s leaders to address community conflicts on natural resources and environmental issues (2002).

Urban Forestry Award to Greener Harrisonburg, Shenandoah Soil and Water Conservation Districts (1994).

U.S. Department of Labor Award for Distinguished Achievement, for outstanding service in promoting international standards on trade union rights, and for vital contribution to the continuing review of United States policy toward Poland (1984).